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PVC Plant Holder 

Written By: Larry Cotton 


Combination square (1) 

Drill and drill bits (1) 

File or high-speed rotary tool (1) 
such as a D rem el 

Jigsaw (1) 

for cutting plywood 

Marking compass or %" dowel (1) 


for cutting plastic pipe. Handheld saws 
will work, but we recommend a band 
saw or a table saw with a miter gauge 
and a fine- toothed blade. 


PVC piped) 

Nylon monofilament fishing line (1) 

Clay or plastic pot (1) 

Spray paint (1) 

various colors. If you're using primer, 
you can use most any paint. To skip the 
primer, use Krylon Fusion or Rust- 
Oleum Paint for Plastic: they're 
formulated to bond directly to plastic. 

Spray automotive primer (1) 
Rust- Oleum or equivalent 

Automotive body filler putty and/or 

automotive glaze (1) 

such as Bondo filler or DuPont 315 glaze 

Sandpaper (1) 

Masking tape (1) 

Hot glue and/or epoxy (1) 


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PVC Plant Holder 

By Larry Cotton and Phil Bowie 

Humble PVC drain pipe is cheap, widely available, easy to work with, and almost endlessly 
useful for making everything from patio furniture to elegant sculptures. 

This versatile and attractive plant holder holds a standard 4" flowerpot in a variety of ways. 
You can set the pot in either end and use the holder upside down or right side up. In either 
position, you can hang it, or just place it on any surface. 

The Plant Holder is part of a series of four family-friendly projects that use 3"- or 4"-ID 
(inside diameter) PVC pipe. In a weekend you can easily make all four: a hanging planter, an 
accent lamp that seems to float on light, a two-faced clock to help you remember friends in 
another time zone, and a kids' table with a dry-erase top and matching stool. 

You can make them with handheld tools, but bench tools such as a band saw or table saw 
with a fine-toothed blade work best for making square and accurate cuts. PVC also bends 
easily when heated in boiling water, which opens up all kinds of new shapes and design 

If cutting pipe from a 10' length, ask a friend to help support it. Use a face mask and ear 
protection for cutting and sanding. 

Fill any dings with automotive body filler and/or glaze. Then sand the pipe parts with 180-grit 
sandpaper, prime, and paint. If you want to skip the primer, there are new spray paints that 
adhere directly to plastic. 

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• WARNING: PVC pipe tends to roll while cutting on a table saw, so hold it firmly and 
cut slowly. Gripper gloves help. For cutting off sections on a table saw, set the 
blade just slightly higher than the pipe wall thickness. Don't use a ruler or tape to set blade 
height; instead, make trial cuts in a scrap of wood and measure the cuts. Always wear eye 
protection when using power saws. 

• Cut an 8" length of 4"-ID pipe and mark 8 evenly spaced spots 3" from one end to drill 

• To space the holes, wrap a strip of paper around the pipe and mark a line across both 
ends. Hold the strip in front of a light to align the marks and fold the strip in half. Then fold 
in half twice more. Mark the pipe at the fold lines. 

• Using a spade bit, drill eight W holes. 

Draw lines from each hole to the pipe end. Then cut the slots with a handheld jigsaw. 

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• Boil 3V2" of water in a large cooking pot. Using gloves, immerse the slotted pipe end until 
the legs become very pliable. Bend the legs out away from the body a bit. 

• Remove the pipe from the water, then while keeping the pipe perpendicular, push the legs 
down onto a cookie sheet. The legs will splay out. Allow to cool for a minute. Repeat if you 
need to correct any faults. 

Some pots fit the holder better if you chamfer the inside top edge. Use the pot itself as a 
backing surface for coarse sandpaper. 

Spray it a bright color or leave it white. Attach monofilament line to each leg for hanging. 

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For more PVC creations, check out these projects! 

PVC Kids' Table and StoolPVC Two-Faced ClockPVC Floating Accent Light 

This project first appeared in MAKE Volume 30 , page 96. 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 1 -02 1 0:51 :56 PM. 

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